Oscars 2012: ‘The Artist’ producer tops final Heat Meter rankings
Sure, “The Artist” won best picture at the Oscars on Sunday. But who was the hottest personality during the entirety of the award season just ended?
According to Heat Meter, The Times’ data desk's analysis of the race that used a sophisticated point system to rank contenders, it was "The Artist" producer Thomas Langmann, who topped all other personalities, including his own director, Michel Hazanavicius (who came in second). Langmann had 235 points to Hazanavicius’ 231.
The hottest non-“Artist” personality was Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady"), who with 207 points landed in third place and set a personal best, topping even the two previous seasons in which she also won Oscars. Alexander Payne, who at the Academy Awards picked up an adapted screenplay win and a director nomination, edged out Jean Dujardin for fourth place.
On the film side, "The Artist" trounced the competition with 715 points. Coming in a distant second was "The Descendants" with 409 points, followed by "The Help" with 370 points.
Not surprisingly , Weinstein Co. won the race for hottest studio. But more dramatic was the race for fourth place, which saw Paramount edge out its former corporate sibling, DreamWorks, by just one point, 355-354.
You can see the top five personalities, films and studios after the jump.
Thomas Langmann, 235
Michel Hazanavicius, 230.5
Meryl Streep, 207
Alexander Payne, 203.5
Jean Dujardin, 202.4
"The Artist," 715.3
"The Descendants," 408.8
"The Help," 370.4
"Midnight in Paris," 215.1
Weinstein Co., 719.2
Fox Searchlight, 528.9
Sony Classics, 414.7
-- Steven Zeitchik
Photo: Thomas Langmann being congratulated by Tom Cruise at the Academy Awards. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times.